Category: History

Misconceptions of WWII, Part Two

(Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series about popular misconceptions about World War II,written by a reenacting friend. The final post will be put up tomorrow. Enjoy!) — 3) The Allies won primarily through material and industrial power It’s likely I’ve dispelled this conception in the discussions above, but it is often

Misconceptions of WWII, Part One

(Editor’s note: This is another submission from Chris Ketcherside, the author of the previous post on “Why Learn History?” This time, Chris has focused on debunking misconceptions of World War II. I’m splitting his post into three posts spanning the next three days so check back for its continuation!) — Originally, I wanted to call

Family of Love

(Editor’s note: Rosemarie was one of the first people I met when I studied overseas two years ago, and she and I have remained in pretty good contact since then. She’s going to become a regular contributor to the blog (since I’m a pretty persuasive person like that), and she’ll provide not only international flair

Blog Submission: Why Learn History?

(Editor’s note: This post was submitted by a fellow reenactor, Chris Ketcherside. He is the first to submit a post, and I hope you enjoy!) — I thought about titling this missive, “Why Teach History” but I don’t think this audience needs convincing on why to teach, but everyone can use a few “how-tos” now

Before E-Harmony, There Was…Eliza Farnham?!

In doing research on how the scarcity of women impacted the nineteenth century gold rush phenomenon, I found one particularly interesting “nugget” of information. Apparently, someone attempted to create a virtual dating site back in the mid-1800s, or, at least a close equivalent. Eliza Farnham concocted a scheme in the 1850s to provide wives to

Holy is as Holy Does: Elizabeth Barton, the Nun of Kent

One would think that during the religiously and politically chaotic times of the 1530s in England, many people would learn to NOT incite the wrath of a vengeful monarch. But, no, many people tempted Madame Fate by actually disagreeing with their lovingly gentle and just monarch King Henry VIII, especially on the issue of his